The Misunderstood Medicinal Use of Yogurt

There is a deep rooted belief that eating yogurt decreases the risk of vaginal yeast infections from taking broad spectrum antibiotics. This is not an effective strategy. Antibiotics are absorbed through the intestinal tract and are distributed throughout our bodies through the bloodstream. They kill unfriendly bacteria but unfortunately also friendly bacteria, like the normal vaginal flora.

The magic of yogurt is that it contains bacteria that are very similar to the bacteria that normally live in the vagina and keep its environment a little acidic, which deters yeast from growing.

But if anybody thinks yogurt bacteria are absorbed in the intestinal canal and transported throughout or bodies via the bloodstream to the vagina, they are wrong. Such a scenario would basically amount to sepsis, blood poisoning.

However, a little dab of yogurt inside the vagina is the simple, practical way of letting the vaginal flora’s cousins “house sit” until a woman’s own friendly bacteria have a chance to recover from the antibiotic treatment they were subjected to because of a urinary infection or whatever else her medical provider prescribed it for.

That’s how it really works.

1 Response to “The Misunderstood Medicinal Use of Yogurt”

  1. 1 summonzeus January 15, 2022 at 9:36 am

    Yes, I have lectured this information to undergraduate students at Ohio University taking my Human Biology Course for the past 20 years. I would add that organic yoghurt with live lactobacilli be used not cheaper products.

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